The number of international employees within LeaseWeb has increased substantially during the last 12 months. New people from the UK, Germany, Poland, Italy and Greece joined the support, business development, sales and networking departments. A nice feature of this development is that gradually a new culture is emerging as new nationalities make their contribution to the Leaseweb culture.
I just read a press release from EU commisioner Viviane Reading about energy savings in the IT industry. I found the interesting part of the press release that the commission is also recognizing that the IT industry is not only a consumer of energy but also a source of many energy savings for many other industries. This is often overlooked in the argument about datacenters. The commission refers to the energy distribution industry, the cooling/heating of buildings, and lighting. The press release is vague about how the commission will stimulate this process but at least the technocrats are thinking about the issues.
We spent a lot of time on energy efficiency and it might be interesting to share our experiences with the community in order to exchange best practices.
It is very important to really think through your choice of hardware. In particular the energy loss of a power supply unit of a server is concerning. Google claims in a white paper that you are likely to loose 30 – 40% of power in a typical power supply unit. The reason is that the power supply unit converts AC to DC power which results in heat (ie loss of energy). Google however has developed servers which loose only 10% of the power.
Choosing hardware with efficient power supply units is obviously of paramount importance. But where do you find these efficient power supplies ? The answer is simple: you cannot. Humans have built nuclear reactors and sent people to the moon but efficient power supply units are still not around except for the likes of Google. Read the rest of this entry »
I gave a presentation on April 3rd as a key note speaker on the financial impact of virtualization on the Netapp Innovation event. I must give my compliments to Theo van Theylingen and his Netapp team for organizing such a major event. It was a pleasure to present in such an outstanding setting and there were around 900 people attending. Read the rest of this entry »
The local Dutch newspaper Parool published an interesting article on the increased regulations for datacenters in the Amsterdam area. The city of Amsterdam has taken a leading role in bringing together datacenter operators, IT companies and environmental experts as part of their Climate Program. The goal is to reduce carbon emissions by 40% in 2025 compared to 1990 levels.
Amsterdam contains many high tech companies and datacenters account for 6% of total CO2 emissions of the city. Therefore the city is organizing a Green IT project. The objective of this project is to facilitate the exchange of best practices from the leading players in order to improve efficiencies. In fact the article in Parool is based on a report of the Energy research Center of the Netherlands which was based on the first results of among others our new climate neutral datacenter. Based on this report the city is planning to impose a Energy Usage Efficiency (EUE) factor of 1.3.
Today I did a presentation during the IDC conference in Amsterdam regarding our experiences in the field of virtualization with our new VMWare platform. Please refer to the IDC site for more information. I also enclose a copy of our presentation: IDC Presentation Virtualization. Let me summarize by saying that we have a lot of confidence in virtualization and think that this is a disruptive technology. I will talk more on the subject during the Innovation 2008 conference on April 3rd in Rotterdam.
A good source of information on the latest developments in the tech space is the blog of Nick Carr. He is the acclaimed author of the article “Does IT matter” which made him sort of a guru on IT and cloud computing in the US. Carr just made a new post where he shares with the reader a few rumors on Microsoft’s imminent strategy announcement of the building of 20 new datacenters around the world.
I do not consider myself to be such an authority as Carr with special contacts but I was at a Microsoft Round Table discussion in December 07 for the Dutch hosting industry when this point was openly discussed by Microsoft executives.
The hosting business is still very young and many people in society do not really understand what we do. Some in my immediate surrounding still think of 16 year old teenagers toying around with computers when they think of the hosting industry. My mother still does not understand what I do. If I look at Leaseweb, then I think that the hosting business is not older than 10 years.